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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: jimbob] #285826
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Never heard about that, Jim. However, on a visit to the quarry opposite the top of Green Lane, where there's an entrance to the Tranmere Tunnels, during a conversation with the owner he pointed out a bricked up section of the quarry wall. He said that there was an AA gun kept in there & when Laird's was being bombed they used to bring it out & shoot. There was another, smaller, bricked up part which he said was the ammunition store. Here's a pic. of the larger one.

On a separate subject, do you remember the smoke generators? I used to see them on Borough Rd., near the Rovers' ground.



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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #286004
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Once the Prince of Wales {battleship} was far enough advance in her build the AA guns which where part of her armament where installed and brought into action when there was air raids prior to her been moved up the Rosyth out of harms was to be finished.
I use to think those smoke generators where wagons on fire till i was told different


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: jimbob] #286043
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Wow,smoke generators.Now that`s a new one.Did not know anything about them.I am guessing but it sounds like they are to provide a blanket of smoke to conceal key targets.

Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Dava2479] #286090
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Originally Posted by Dava2479
Wow,smoke generators.Now that`s a new one.Did not know anything about them.I am guessing but it sounds like they are to provide a blanket of smoke to conceal key targets.


Spot on. I only have vague memories of them & can't remember ever seeing one in action, but it sounds as if Jimbob did.


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #286106
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Chris,with the amazing resources you have,is it possible you can get a pic of one of these generators as I have never heard of them never mind seen one.

Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Dava2479] #286177
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Originally Posted by Dava2479
Chris,with the amazing resources you have,is it possible you can get a pic of one of these generators as I have never heard of them never mind seen one.


It's not that I have any special resources, but I do have time, which is a great resource. I'll see if I can unearth anything, but there may be something in the archives. I would imagine these things would be supplied or at least maintained by the local authority.


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #286882
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Some of the records about the Gun Sites are in Liverpool.

"Brimstage Lane, Storeton: correspondence, papers and plans concerning Leverhulme estate and land requisitioned as Mersey Gun Site Y: 720KIR/1186-7 nd

These documents are held at Liverpool Record Office and Local History Service"


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: diggingdeeper] #286888
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That's very useful to know. Have you got the address of the record office? maybe someone could go & have a look. I'd do it myself, but it's quite a trip. Even better if the info. is available online.

Cheers, Chris.


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #287220
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Speak nice to Trancentral as he works over there and I`m sure he would be prepared to have a look for you,providing he has the time,he is a good lad. happy

Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Dava2479] #287270
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I've pretty well decided I'm going to go myself later this week, or maybe next.


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #287280
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Ok mate,well you still have an option with Trancentral.

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Thanks, Dave; setting off now. Wednesday 8am.


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #287295
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Good luck mate.

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couple of photos off photobucket of antiaircraft gun

sorry if its already been done

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Wow,cool mate.Where is it Derek?

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